If the answer is yes to either one it’s because there’s something on each device which might make it valuable to a thief– not the device itself. Mac users belong to a different socio-economic group. Not only are Macs themselves value, but so is the data stored. Here’s a way to add a new layer of protection from thieves.
Plug And Play Plug Spy
Mac users can choose from a variety of utilities which help to prevent and sometimes catch a thief. Most Macs these days have a built-in iSight camera which can be used to snap a photo of a thief who dares to sit down in front of the keyboard.
That’s what PlugSpy does. It combines the Mac’s ability to become a sensor with specific actions associated with point-and-click rules. In essence, your Mac can capture a photo of whomever is using the Mac but should not. The setup process is rather straightforward. Select a preset location, then point and click the settings.
PlugSpy resides in the Mac’s Menubar, somewhat hidden among other utilities, but it employs a few sensors to monitor what’s going on, including the MagSafe adapter (power), current power-state, the login window, and any screens connected to the Mac.
Unauthorized attempts to use your Mac will trigger a sensor which triggers an alert sound, generate an iSight camera photo, and send notifications to you if you’re not around. It all happens in an instant.
When a sensor is triggered the screen can be locked and notification sent while the photo is being captured. PlugSpy can also trigger a loud alarm. That makes it an affordable tool to help prevent theft, or unauthorized access from unscrupulous co-workers, neighbors, and family members. PlugSpy is one of the least expensive Mac security utilities available.
Is it the best form of security to prevent someone from stepping up and whisking your Mac away to who knows where? No, but for that you’d need a chain, a hungry Doberman Pincher, and maybe some super glue.